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Published: 01 February 2021


Sussex Police

We’re taking action to prevent dog theft as increasing prices for pets during lockdown has seen a rise in thefts nationally. Our dedicated Rural Crime Team are tackling this by working with partner agencies, gathering intelligence and highlighting crime prevention advice among the dog owning community.

Whilst cases of dog theft remains low in Sussex currently, there are some steps to take to prevent your dog from getting lost or being stolen by:

  • Ensuring your dog is microchipped, which has up-to-date information.
  • Invest in a name tag and collar, using your surname rather than the pets name and also using your telephone number. Your dog should always wear a collar and ID tag as this is a legal requirement when your dog is in a public place.
  • Not leaving your dog unattended in the garden, the car or outside shops if possible.
  • Ensuring gardens and yards are secure.

If you believe your dog has been stolen, or if you have concerns about suspicious behaviour, report it to Sussex Police on the website or by calling 101.

For more advice on keeping your pet safe at